“From the Eastern Gate came a strong fiery wind that brought cleansing and change. Some were glad about these changes, while others were indignant or crying because they were loosing a lot.
For those who were ready for change, the time of transition into the new began. And those who were indignant and crying remained in the old, thinking that they could still keep something or make a new thing ”.
The wind of change has already begun. It is blowing, it is cleansing the Bride. The Lord will cleanse the Bride because He is preparing her for marriage.
The bride and groom period is not a “cloudless” stay. It requires to remain faithful, to maintain love, to maintain the status of a high and noble level. This is what the Church is doing today – she has been trying to remain faithful to the Bridegroom for 2,000 years, and she doesn’t always succeed.
Don’t think that the bride and groom is celebration only, it is also a spiritual warfare of a serious level, because Satan’s task is to defile the Bride and also extinguish her love for the Bridegroom. What the devil is doing is sowing doubts, depositing bad thoughts – thus disturbing the trust.
Scripture says these words: “Therefore let us keep the feast not with the old leaven, not with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sinserity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5: 8).
To keep feast is to “celebrate.” Celebrate Christ. At first glance, contradictions arise here – how can one celebrate Christ when we are in the midst of a perishing world. But, nevertheless, the Lord teaches us that in the history and tradition of Israel, feast was an integral part of faith.
The Lord established certain feasts as the law. What for? Because the Lord knows how negative things of the world can break our faith. Therefore, He has woven the tradition of celebration into the DNA of our faith.
Feast is part of our faith, the nature of our faith. The Lord commands us to celebrate. He protects our faith, He wants it to be pure. He doesn’t want to see a sad Bride, grieved, offended, doubting. He wants to see her bright, pure and joyful!
When a bride cries at a wedding, it’s bad. The Bride should come joyful, admiring Her Bridegroom! Celebrating Jesus is the health of our faith; it means believing correctly.
“And Hezekiah gave encouragement to all the Levites, who taught the good knowledge of the Lord. And they ate throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings and making confession to the Lord God of their fathers. Then the whole assembley agreed to keep the feast another seven days, and they kept it another seven days with gladness. For Hezekiah king of Judah gave to the assembley a thousand bools and seven thousand sheep, and the leaders gave to the assembley a thousand bulls and ten thousand sheep; and a great number of priests sanctified themselves.
The whole assembley of Judah rejoiced, also the priests and Levites, all the assembley that came from Israel, the sojourners who came from the land of Israel and those who dwelt in Judah.
So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel, there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. Then the priests and the Levites arose and blessed the people; and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, to heaven “(II Chronicles 30: 22-27)
Imagine – seven days only festive food! Sometimes we make enough for 2-3 days. But we must celebrate in the honor of the Lord.
“Then Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra, the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people, said to all the people:“ This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. “
Then he said to them: “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared, because this day is holy to our Lord. And do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength…” And all the people went to eat and drink and send out portions, and rejoice greatly, for they understood the words that were declared to them ”(Book of Nehemiah 8: 9-10, 12).
When the law was heard, the people cried. This is a misperception. It means that they did the wrong thing.
It doesn’t matter what you have inside. Receive pure faith from the Lord. Humble yourself and accept joy from Him – quiet and glorious.
Esther also says: “The Jews established and emposed it upon themselves, and their descendants, and on all who would join them, that without fail they should celebrate these two days every year, according to the written instructions and according to the prescribed time, that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province and in every city, that these days of Purim should not fail to be observed among the Jews, and that the memory of them should not disappear among their descendants.”(Esther 9:27-28).
A command to celebrate. Whoever doesn’t celebrate in the days of Purim means that he doesn’t love Israel. And if you don’t love Israel, you don’t love the God of Israel. Therefore, joy before God is also an indicator.
Even about future times, which are yet to come, it is said: “And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles” (Zechariah 14:16). They will worship, God will force them to.
“And it shall be: if any of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain, they shall receive the plague, with which the Lord strikes the nations that do not come to keep the Feast of Tabernacles” (Zechariah 14:17-18). Someone has no desire to come to celebrate – then there is no rain, everything decreases, falls, people go into sin, become callous, turn black. And these are all the principles of the Lord.
The Lord today calls us to purity, openness. We are to cealebrate Jesus not with the leaven of envy, deceit and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of purity and truth.
Inner union with Christ, birth, evocation and abiding in the joy of the Lord.
The joy of the Lord – this is the state of the Lord, which He imparts to us. God gives us His joy. Your circumstances are not stronger. The warriors of God, who went through trials, in spite of offenses, betrayal and colic in their hearts, find the strength to be in goodness and joy.
Joy in the Lord. Our joyous Lord gives His joy to us. We accept it to rejoice about Him. John Wesley had a clear teaching on salvation. He said that if a person is not happy, he is not saved. This means that you have the faith of a slave, but the one who has the joy of salvation – he has the faith of a son. These believers believed that the first sign of being born again was the joy of salvation. When a Christian walks dull, frustrated, he has lost the joy of salvation, the joy of the value of salvation. Salvation for him becomes less valuable than earthly things. He looks at the earth, at the earthly things and ceases to rejoice about salvation, he forgets that heaven awaits him. He stops appreciating salvation! And the joy of salvation should “overlap” any other joy.
The joy of trusting Christ. We depend on people – we find ourselves in a grip. But you need to depend on God.
We rejoice in God’s victory. He went out to conquer. Victorious God. He gives us victory.
Prophets and saints rejoice even in the judgments, because the Word of God is being fulfilled. This is the joy of the high composition.
Life is like a ceaseless celebration. Live celebrating. Celebrate not with the old leaven, but with unleavened bread of purity and truth.
It’s not about the food on the table, they caught something supernatural on this feast – the joy of the Lord.
When a person always points to the past, beware of such people. Satan seeks blame against our brothers. Don’t follow him. A grateful heart is a joyful heart.
How to rejoice about the nations of the world – knowing what is written about them. God’s man rejoices that God’s Word is being fulfilled. This joy can’t be understood by the human mind. It is mystical.
A mystic goes to the depth. He’s not an average believer. He goes into deeper relationships. We’re talking about people who have had extraordinary visitations and relationships.
Those who stray from the Mantle of revelation lose depth. Why do they lose – because they lose connection with the carriers, connection with sources. The Lord calls us into a blessed union with the saints. Choose spiritual people for yourself, find elevated ones who build you up, and not those low ones who destroy you.
Life is like a ceaseless celebration of the Lord. In order to see miracles, you must always go on. I remember when and how the Lord manifested Himself. It was not an expression of sensuality or euphoria. You just continue going. The voice spoke, you went, and God worked miracles. Do you really think that your emotional background is the highest criterion of truth? That is a cunning matter. We need to walk by the Word.
God says: “Come and see!” We need to go and see because God is moving. But when you are sitting, you have just a still picture, nothing changes from one place perspective.
Today we need to hear the voice of God and follow it. Walk, dancing, praising Him, walk in the feast, singing.
If only we could return to the state of children, so that we can rejoice like children!
Apostolic message is always a message of resurrection. It always lifts you up – not criticizing, scoring – as Satan told Eve, “Did God really say?” Apostolic message is always different – it never takes revenge, never “buries” a man. Because this is a sermon on the resurrection in power. The power is in resurrection.
Some people experience “depression” in their lives – but sometimes it is not depression – God is crushing us. And there is one way to obey. This is God’s contrition. When he comes down on you – He will overcome you anyway. This is not depression. God “pours” on you with all His mass, and one thing remains – to enter into complete trust, and you will begin to experience how God is cleansing you, and your new “I” rises in new strength.
Stop being a “super pastor” who knows everything, and you start being a simple child. You didn’t come to “convert to your faith,” there is the faith of God. You came to go to Him at the end of your life as a child.
Celebrate Jesus! God, take me away! Not an attack, not a pressure – but I surrender to Him and rise in new strength. Celebrating Jesus is for the strong. The strong stand in joy. Be strong!